Founder + CEO
Annette Miller has lived in Madison since 1989 with her life partner, Mike, and three children they have raised together. Annette’s career spans decision-making roles across state and local government and as an executive in the private sector. She brings 25 years of strong professional policy and analytic skills, and a wide network of community, government, and business relationships, especially with Dane County’s diverse populations.
Annette launched EQT By Design to focus on developing diverse, inclusive, sustainable strategies in public engagement, equitable community development projects, and organizational cultural change management.
As CEO and founder of EQT By Design, Miller’s passion is ensuring that inclusion and engagement are front and center in her work. Annette is committed to the deconstruction of processes and practices that create inequity within organizations and systems. She seeks to listen, learn, and engage diverse voices within and outside of organizations to co-create inclusive processes and people-centered decision-making.
Annette obtained her Bachelor of Arts from UW- Madison in 1992, and her Masters in Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership in 2017 from Edgewood College. She is also certified in International Association of Public Participation (IA P2) and Anima Deep Diversity.
Vice President of Operations + EQT Consultant
Diara is originally from Chicago (go Bears!), but primarily grew up in the Madison-area. After taking some time to intern and travel in South America following her undergraduate studies, Diara returned to Madison and began diving deeper into the social services field at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) where she managed all agency crisis intake programs serving Dane County. During her time with DAIS, Diara also led and engaged with various county-wide committees tasked with addressing systemic barriers to survivor support and safety.
In her most recent role, Diara worked as the Director of Policy & Systems Change for End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (End Abuse), leading statewide equity-centered strategy development, systems analysis, training, and other change management efforts for county-level multidisciplinary teams focused on improving their community’s response to domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of oppression. While at End Abuse, Diara also led an internal change management committee tasked with examining agency leadership structures and decision-making pathways, as well as implementing an internal equity review.
In addition to her role as a consultant and Vice President of Operations at EQT By Design, Diara leads diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy development and implementation for CultureCon, a national conference connecting professionals across industries to inspire positive change around organizational culture. For two years prior to her work with CultureCon, Diara served as a board member and organizer for Culture Community, another culture-focused organization in Madison.
Diara has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Development from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is passionate about employing equity-driven, people-centric approaches to change management and strategy development that center the voices of diverse stakeholders and support long-term sustainability.
EQT By Design exists to bring diverse voices into the center of decision-making. Diverse voices in decision-making builds the pathway to overall happiness, health and well-being.